How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong...
Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel.
A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building
Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell.
It’s hard to say which came first for author Sara Gruen—the animals or the writing, both of which have been in her life for as long as she can remember. While she spends much of the time in her North Carolina home with a menagerie of real animals (not to mention her husband and...
If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....
In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.
Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.
By Scott Hoffman
What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.
PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions.
Despite the longevity of the fantastic in narrative form, there's long been a stigma against blending it with literary fiction. But recently, readers have been eager to read contemporary fantastic literatureand publishers are taking note.
Read how Fannie Flagg, the gifted storyteller of the novels Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café and A Redbird Christmas, stays relentlessly optimistic about writing feel-good fiction.
As a full-time novelist and part-time columnist, Anna Quindlen's writing career is a study in symmetry.
5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld
Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and other successful authors talk about the art of working with translators to make their prose sing in any language.
Can a writer who just wants to be left alone to write make it in today's extroverted publishing world? Enter 24-year-old James Boice, who may just be the answer to that question.
Margaret Atwood expounds on finding your voice, the beauty of multitasking and what "chick lit" may have in common with Dracula and Frankenstein.
Alexandra Styron, author of All the Finest Girls, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron and accomplished poet, Rose Styron, talks with Writer's Digest about how writing a book takes conviction, strength of character and an inner belief in your abilitieseven if your last name is Styron.
Writing a Literary Masterpiece: The Quick and Easy Way to Heaven
In December 1964, Edward Stafford provided Writer's Digest with an interview conducted with Ernest Hemingway shortly before the author's death in 1961. It's excerpted here for the first time in more than 40 years. Please note that the excerpt has been abridged due to space considerations.
Dissecting the Short Story: In Class with T.C. Boyle
Cult author Chuck Palahniuk continues to push literary boundaries in strangeeven forbiddingterritories. Find out what compels this seemingly mild-mannered author of novels like
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
by Jerry B. Jenkins
Ernest Hemingway's clean, terse style is the perfect counterweight to his complex stories.
One of the best-loved writers in American literature today, John Irving offers a novelist's perspective on screenplay adaptations and talks about his obsession with the ultimate personal loss.